Huawei Watch GT will not run Wear OS, new press render leaked

Huawei Watch GT will not run Wear OS, new press render leaked
Even though Huawei's new smartwatch hasn't been unveiled yet, we already know quite a lot of things about the unannounced Watch GT. Oddly enough, there was no mention of Wear OS in any of the previous reports covering the Huawei Watch GT, and for good reason.

It looks like the smartphone will not be powered by Google's Wear OS, as Huawei has decided to include its proprietary operating system. Even so, the smartwatch will still offer health and tracking features, as well as notifications.

Another interesting piece of information that we've just learned is that Huawei Watch GT will trade the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset for an ARM Cortex-M4 based SoC (system on chip).

Apparently, Huawei's OS requires less power to run than Google's Wear OS, so the main benefit will be a longer battery life (14 days, 20 hours with GPS enabled), even though it will pack a standard 420 mAh battery.

The Huawei Watch GT will include an optical heart rate monitor, along with pressure and light sensor, as well as infrared blaster and built-in GPS. Two Huawei Watch GT variants will be announced next week with prices starting at around €200.

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9 Comments

1. Ghost04

Posts: 517; Member since: May 03, 2014

Whats the point of it when it doesn't have an OS . Stupid decision.

2. mahima

Posts: 727; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

So, huwaei OS is not an OS...lol

3. worldpeace

Posts: 3129; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

- Wear OS isn't free, that's why many big phone manufacturers avoid it (Samsung, Honor, Huawei, Sony, Xiaomi/Amazfit) - Wear OS only have little room for customisation. - Wear OS have bad battery life (Non Wear OS smartwatch can lasts 4 hours or even weeks) They don't have any good reason to use Wear OS, they better make their own OS, which will work as good as wear OS, and they can customize it as far as they like. Only luxury brand interested in Wear OS, because they can leave the manufacturing to China, while Google did all of the software updates, and sell it for a few grand. Fossil, TAG Heuer, Hugo, Guess, LV, and Montblanc did that.

6. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Where did you find information that WearOS isn't free to use for manufacturers? WearOS is somewhat tied down when it comes to the basic stuff. But there is less need for customisation when theming/customizing can be done with a watch face. Non WearOS can last 4 hours? Isn't that a bit low? My WearOS watches can make it between 1 and 2 days, depending on the usage. And sell it for a few grand? Apart from TAG Heuer & Montblanc, they all sell it for similar prices as Huawei did. And there is a good reason to use WearOS, app support. While there aren't as many WearOS apps yet as for example Apple Watch apps, they are in higher numbers than for some proprietary OS that Huawei will cook up.

7. worldpeace

Posts: 3129; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Go find the information where it's free to use. It's already clear that WearOS is based on Android BUT with lots of closed source, you won't find a site distributing WearOS ROM or custom ROM (except the developer review version), if it's free and open source, Chinese will flood the market with $50 wearOS smartwatch right now. It's a typo, should be "4 days". IIRC Louis Vuitton Tambor Horizon for 2-3 grand. There isn't really that much thing smartwatch need to do, I still don't see any interesting apps in WearOS play store, I'm still fine with my Galaxy GearS3.

8. worldpeace

Posts: 3129; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Go find the information where it's free to use. It's already clear that WearOS is based on Android BUT with lots of closed source, you won't find a site distributing WearOS ROM or custom ROM (except the developer review version), if it's free and open source, Chinese will flood the market with $50 wearOS smartwatch right now. It's a typo, should be "4 days". IIRC Louis Vuitton Tambor Horizon for 2-3 grand. There isn't really that much thing smartwatch need to do, I still don't see any interesting apps in WearOS play store, I'm still fine with my Galaxy GearS3.

9. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I don't have the information if it's free or not, so I don't assume anything about it being free or not. Which you seem to do. And I know there isn't a site distributing WearOS, mainly because Google doesn't want you to alter that version of Android. Ok LV also has an expensive watch. But a lot of those so called luxury brands (like Boss, Armani, Michael Kors) have affordable WearOS watches. I do have some WearOS apps, not sure if they are available on other platforms). And Samsung has the money and will to invest in an app eco system. Not sure if Huawei will do this as well.

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3129; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

-- double post --

5. alligator

Posts: 94; Member since: Jan 09, 2016

It is not good in terms of Wear OS future but it is good to have some competition in this area as well. My Galaxy Watch (46mm) is having pretty decent battery life with about 4 days and there are not so many watches which can run longer than that. Tizen is not Wear OS but has almost the same functionality even with the limited App store and I believe it will become better in just a few years.

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